Jorrit Oppewal is knowledge broker at The Broker. He holds a BSc in Economics & African Studies and an MSc in Development Economics, both from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Jorrit has several years of experience as a development economist in Mozambique, mostly working at the intersection of research and policy, in close collaboration with the Mozambican government. His professional interests include the political economy of institutions, industrial policy and agricultural development.
This weekend, during their General Assembly, the African Union (AU) will declare 2022 the African Year of Nutrition. This attention is very much welcome as it presents an opportunity to link the African objectives of ending hunger and of promoting sustainable agricultural transformation on the continent. Progress towards those objectives has been slowing down. It is clear by now that the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the impact of pre-existing drivers of food insecurity, such as climate change and violent conflict.
Following elections in March 2021, the Netherlands is still awaiting the formation of a new government. This article takes a closer look at recent trends in Dutch development cooperation policy and the choices that lie ahead to strengthen its relevance and effectiveness.